TRABEN BIGGER BRIDGE = BIGGER TONE?

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TRABEN BIGGER BRIDGE = BIGGER TONE?

Post by bennybass » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:26 pm

I have decided to purchase a Traben Chaos Trac5.
Traben is a new bass company centered around the fact that their bigger bridges add a fatter tone longer sustain.
I am going to test this method hooking it up to my amp with the same settings as my ESP LTD F-104 and compare the two to see if it really does matter.

Ill let you guys know when i get it.

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Re: TRABEN BIGGER BRIDGE BIGGER TONE!?

Post by john » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:44 pm

I have heard that theory too . I would be keen to hear what you come up with

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Post by irvinz » Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:16 pm

i wouldnt agree with that... but who knows 8)
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Re: TRABEN BIGGER BRIDGE BIGGER TONE!?

Post by foal30 » Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:31 pm

I can't comprehend Bigger as being a descriptive word for tone.
it's just not phat :)

er, Benny it may do, but unless your A/B two instruments that are the same who knows? Why is it the bridge, or the pick up, the wood, or the graphite neck?

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Re: TRABEN BIGGER BRIDGE BIGGER TONE!?

Post by beagle » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:55 pm

I think foal's right there benny. Unless you're playing virtually identical instruments bar the bridge then the change in sound could be due to lots of different things.
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Post by irvinz » Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:25 pm

yeah. thats very right
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Re: TRABEN BIGGER BRIDGE = BIGGER TONE?

Post by foal30 » Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:48 pm

I guess there is a number of reasons why increasing mass for the Bridge would add sustain. Whether this is a good thing may be another question. Why were BadAss units so popular? Because for Fender players the upgrade simply sounded better.So a "bigger" bridge can be a good thing that will "improve" your bass sound.


Me, I always wanted to try the 2-Tek design
preferably in a Pedulla Rapture 5....

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Re: TRABEN BIGGER BRIDGE = BIGGER TONE?

Post by timi » Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:21 pm

A bridge with more mass makes a difference but its not a huge difference, not as much as pickups or body wood make.

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Re: TRABEN BIGGER BRIDGE = BIGGER TONE?

Post by bennybass » Sat Jan 31, 2009 11:23 pm

well then i guess the project will be which bass has better tone and sustain :) i kind of though about that though while i was typing it but was like what the hell..

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Re: TRABEN BIGGER BRIDGE = BIGGER TONE?

Post by timi » Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:49 pm

The first thing I do when trying a bass is test its "tone and sustain" without plugging it in. If its not there unplugged it won't be there plugged in.

Good passive pickups will only sound as good as the bass they are in. Active pickups can hide the sound to some degree, which is why they are used in lots of really lightweight basses, but in my opinion if it doesn't sound good unplugged its not a good bass.

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Re: TRABEN BIGGER BRIDGE = BIGGER TONE?

Post by john » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:03 pm

timi wrote:The first thing I do when trying a bass is test its "tone and sustain" without plugging it in. If its not there unplugged it won't be there plugged in.

Good passive pickups will only sound as good as the bass they are in. Active pickups can hide the sound to some degree, which is why they are used in lots of really lightweight basses, but in my opinion if it doesn't sound good unplugged its not a good bass.
I'm not so sure about that theory . My bass bass is passive, light weight and is not that loud unplugged . But plugged in it has sustain for days.
It does, on the other hand, have a bridge that is so big it is recessed (routed) into the body .

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Re: TRABEN BIGGER BRIDGE = BIGGER TONE?

Post by timi » Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:10 pm

Meh, it works for me, to each their own.

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